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01/10/2011

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Saturday 01 October 2011

An 18-hour train ride to the end of the line brings you to the very edge of Norway. Inside the Arctic Circle. Close to Russia. But why is it that this place has such firm connections with Italy. Christine Finn has the answer. Justin Webb examines a Japanese conundrum: the country benefits hugely from its cultural insularity and yet, if it doesn't open up to outsiders, it faces crippling economic decline.Mark Lowen charts the mood in Athens as international investigators assess the creditworthiness of Greece. He talks of clouds of tear gas and despair slowly closing over a troubled country. In the Pakistani port city of Karachi, the American consulate moved to a new location. Mohammed Hanif says it has meant an historic park opening up once again and armed guards being replaced by youngsters playing cricket. And you used to have to go America's Great Plains for a glimpse of the mighty bison. Not any more. Rob Cameron tells us why it can now be seen wandering around a place that used to be a training ground for the Russian Red Army.

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  • Introduction

  • Greek crisis

    Mark Lowen, charts the mood in Athens as international investigators assess the creditworthiness of Greece.

  • Japanese conundrum

    Justin Webb examines how Japan benefits from its cultural insularity and yet, if it doesn't open up to outsiders, it faces economic decline.

  • US move in Karachi is cricket

    The US consulate in Karachi has moved to a new location. Mohammed Hanif says the move has given a boost to one of Pakistan's favourite sports.

  • Bison back in Europe

    Rob Cameron reports on why bison can now be seen wandering around a place that used to be a training ground for the Russian Red Army.

  • Arctic links

    Christine Finn reports on a little known link between remote islands off the coast of Norway inside the Arctic Circle and Italy.

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